Fit Up History

Noun Fit up(theatre / slang) a stage and accessories that can be erected quickly for shows.

Fit up theatre is the old style travelling theatre. Companies of travelling players would tour the British Isles in the early 19th century to the late 19th century, gradually dying out with the birth of the television. These companies would travel to the remote villages and ‘fit up’ the theatres and halls, some times they would be that villages only form of entertainment and so were a way of keeping the community together.  Therefore they would play to packed houses . They would offer a range of plays from the classic authors as seen in the posters.

Below is a selection of photos of the Fit up family Natasha’s grandmother was part of; ‘The Earl Armstrong Repertory Company. This was her Great Grandfathers company. Natasha comes from in a line of 200 years of Fit up companies and she’s proud to carry on that tradition.

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